Available for the first time in paperback, Eva Salber's The Mind Is Not the Heart (originally published in 1989), is the personal and political story of a white, Jewish, South African woman who practiced medicine for over fifty years among the impoverished-both rural and urban, black and white, in South Africa and later in the United States. Her lifelong dedication to providing health care to poor people was informed by a passionate vision of the link between social problems and medicine, accompanied by an embracing involvement with the communities in which she served. In this warm clear-eyed account, Dr. Salber presents not only her own personal journey, that of a professional woman, teacher, wife, and mother, but also the story of the people on the margins of society among whom she worked.
Eva J. Salber is the author of Don't Send Me Flowers When I'm Dead, also published by Duke University Press. She received her M.D. in 1955 at the University of Cape Town, and practiced medicine in Port Elizabeth, Umtata, Cape Town, and Durban, South Africa, London, Boston, and Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. She died in 1990 at her home in Chapel Hill at the age of 74.
Foreword vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xv Part One. South Africa Becoming a Doctor 3 Sakkie and the Family 18 Port Elizabeth: My First Job 30 London: Marriage and Friends 39 Umtata: Rural Poverty 55 Cape Town: 1941 72 Durban: Health Center Practice 82 Cape Town: 1954 107 Emigrating 122 Part Two. Boston Becoming a Housewife 133 Settling Down at Harvard 149 Transition 163 The Bracken Field Health Center 171 Part Three. North Carolina Moving South: A New Beginning 211 Settling Down at Duke 226 Health Facilitators: Lay Advisers in Community Health 239 Don't Send Me Flowers When I'm Dead 253 Afterword 271 Notes 275